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One year later, suspended Philadelphia priests await word on their futures

Catholic World News - March 06, 2012

One year after they were suspended from ministry in the wake of a scathing grand-jury report on the sex-abuse policies of the Philadelphia archdiocese, 21 priests are still uncertain about their future.

The suspended priests report that they do not know how or when their fate will be decided. Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that he expects a judgment “in the first months of 2012.” The suspended priests have asked to meet with the archbishop before he makes any decisions, but have not heard from him.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Mar. 07, 2012 11:20 AM ET USA

    For sure, charity does indeed begin at home. At least, it should. Bishops should be less managers and more family to their priests. They need to walk the walk when it comes to the Commandments and the Beatitudes, otherwise they are clanging cymbals.

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 07, 2012 9:06 AM ET USA

    Why don't the "social justice" Catholics see the injustice in Church policies that deprive priests of due process? Under the bishops' current policies, they can keep these priests (and their reputations and careers) in limbo forever. It is now clear why we have a shortage of priests and why our older priests are just hanging on until retirement and many lack any enthusiasm for their ministry. Who would want to work for any organization with personnel policies like this?

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